A literary debut covering family secrets, intergenerational friendships, love, damage, and medicine
At 21, Tallulah Park lives alone in a grimy bedsit. There’s a sink in her bedroom and a strange damp smell that means she wakes up wheezing. Then she gets the call that her father has had a heart attack. Years before, she was being tossed around her difficult family; a world of sniping aunts, precocious cousins, emigrant pianists, and lots of gin, all presided over by an unconventional grandmother. But no one was answering Tallie’s questions: why did Aunt Vivienne loathe Tallie’s mother? Why is everyone making excuses for her absent father? Who was Uncle Jack and why would no one talk about him?
As Tallie grows up, she learns the hard way about damage and betrayal, that in the end, the worst betrayals are those we inflict on ourselves.
This is her story about the journey from love to loss and back again.
The Artificial Anatomy of Parks is the story of Tallulah ‘Tallie’ Park. After Tallie receives a phone call to say her father has suffered a heart attack it makes Tallie even more determined to resolve unanswered questions from her past.
The majority of the story is told in the form of Tallie growing up where we discover as with many families there are dark hidden secrets within it. I found the story to flow at a steady pace and even though I had guessed correctly what part of the secret was, I wasn’t expecting the rest of it. This didn’t lessen my enjoyment what so ever of the book though as I really enjoyed the journey that the author takes us on.
I really liked Tallie’s character, I think she is very much misunderstood by family, teachers and friends alike, yet with her vulnerability there is also a great strength there. Uncle jack fascinated me and like Tallie was very intrigued to find out more about him. There are quite a lot of characters who I wasn’t over keen on to start with, mainly in the form of Tallie’s grandmother and aunties, even her father but as the story progresses they did start to grow on me.
This book is so well written and I easily lost myself in the story, I find it hard to believe that this is the authors debut novel and look forward to reading more by her in the future.
Many thanks to Legend Press and Netgalley for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.
The Artificial Anatomy of Parks is due to be published on the 1st of July. You can pre order a copy at Amazon